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"Dancing With The Stars, Math Style" To Open the Time 2000 Educators Conference at Queens College
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Friday, November 14, 2008


-- Innovative Arts Approach Uses Dancing, Physical Humor, and Zany Ideas
To Make Mathematics More Relevant and Accessible to Students --

WHAT: Seventh Annual TIME 2000 Conference, Celebrating Mathematics Teaching.
WHY:  To expose high school students to the excitement of mathematics and to encourage them to consider a career in mathematics education. According to 2005 stats from the U.S. Department of Education, close to 60% of middle school students were taught the subject by teachers who did not major in mathematics and also lacked math certification.
WHO: Over 300 high school students, representing 30 high schools from New York City and Long Island—all of whom enjoy the subject and may be considering careers as math teachers—will attend the conference with their teachers. 80 Queens College students and several college administrators and professors will also attend.
WHEN:  Friday, November 14, 2008     
  8:30 – 9:10 am Registration, Colden Auditorium Lobby
  9:25 – 9:45 am Opening Remarks by TIME 2000 Director Alice Artzt,
Queens College President James Muyskens
and Dean of Education Penny Hammrich

  9:45 – 11:00 am         Keynote presentation by Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern of the Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble: “The Secret Life of Squares: Dances about Mathematics”
  11:15 – 12:05 pm   Workshop Session I
  12:15 – 1:05 pm    Workshop Session II
Details on workshop locations and times will be included in the program and on signage at Colden Auditorium.

  Workshops will stress the fun of teaching math, focusing on such diverse topics as Magic, Card Tricks and Mathematics; Exploring Symmetry in Dance and Mathematics: What the Body Can Teach; The Mathematics of Music; Bringing Humor, History and Hard-To-Believe Phenomena Into MathClass; Mathematics in the News: Using Mathematics to Explore Current Events Topics; Clap Your Name: Developing Number Sense through Music and At the Carnival.  
1:15 – 2:15 pm Closing Remarks and Student Panel, Student Union, 4th Floor
Q&A with TIME 2000 students         
WHERE: Queens College, Colden Auditorium
For directions, go to

Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern have co-directed the Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble for the past 20 years, receiving five National Endowment for the Arts Access to the Arts awards for their cross-disciplinary performance work linking dance and mathematics. They have toured throughout North America, performing over 500 times at such prestigious venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia. In 2005 they were named to the artist roster of the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education, which sponsors arts workshops at many of the largest performing arts centers in the United States. Ensemble performer Saki has appeared with The New Pickle Circus, Tandy Beal & Company, aerial dance company Bandaloop, and musical group SoVoSo. She teaches dance, circus arts, and gymnastics.

Educators find their lively, innovative approach makes mathematics teaching more relevant and accessible to those whose learning styles favor kinesthetic, musical or non-symbolic ways of thinking. For more information, visit and

TIME 2000 (Teaching Improvements through Mathematics Education) is an undergraduate program at Queens College designed for prospective secondary school mathematics teachers. Participating students, who are recruited out of high school, are provided with up to four years of free tuition in exchange for their pursuing careers as secondary school math teachers for two years upon graduation. Majoring in mathematics and minoring in secondary education, they work closely with TIME 2000 professors and peers and engage in course work, seminars and special extracurricular activities. Upon graduation and completion of NYS examinations, the students are qualified to teach mathematics in grades 7 through 12.

For more information, please visit

Attention, media: We are glad to arrange pre-interviews with Dr. Alice Artzt, the TIME 2000 founder and director who was recently inducted into Long Island Mathematics Education Hall of Fame.




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